Regrouting and Sealing Slate Shower in Boston

Boston slate shower before regrouting

Boston slate shower before regrouting

Boston slate shower after regrouting

Boston slate shower after regrouting

We get lots of calls to regrout tile and stone showers….so we end up regrouting LOTS of showers!

One reason it’s a popular service is simple – it works!

Even though it’s usually only a one day project, it can have a very dramatic effect on the whole look of the room, making the shower look ‘like new’ without having to go through the dust and delay of remodeling.

Also, grout repair and caulk replacement is a very logical way to keep the grout and caulking in a good state of repair, to help reduce unnecessary leaking and water damage.

In December we got a request from a condo owner in Boston to clean and regrout his slate shower. The shower was very solid, with a beautifully installed slate tile with strong color variations. He wanted the stone professionally cleaned because a film of old sealers and hard water deposits was interfering with the look of the wall.

You can get a larger image by clicking on the photos above.

We did a heavy duty cleaning of the stone, scraped out the old grouting, removed the old caulking and replaced the grout and caulk with a silver colored version that complemented the stone, then sealed the stone with a stone enhancer that works well with slate. Right after our job, the tub was scheduled to be refinished, so in order to coordinate with the refinishers, we waited until the they were done to caulk the line where the tub meets the stone, saving them a trip back. The ‘after’ picture above was taken before the final caulking. The homeowner was pleased with his ‘new’ shower and stone!

If you have a stone or tile tub shower or stall shower that needs professional attention, feel free to call us at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below for a free estimate. We’d love to make it look like new for you!

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, marble honing and polishing and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

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Our contact information:
Act One, 15 Main Street #138 Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Solving ‘Marble Mysteries’ – Regrouting Marble Shower Floor and Walls

Marble shower Hingham before regrouting - green copper leaching

Marble shower Hingham before regrouting - green copper leaching

Marble shower Hingham with green copper leaching close up before regrouting

Marble shower Hingham with green copper leaching close up before regrouting

Regrouted and cleaned marble shower bench Hingham - green copper gone

Regrouted and cleaned marble shower bench Hingham - green copper gone


Sometimes stone maintenance can be a little bit hard to figure out – a ‘marble mystery’.

We got a call from a homeowner in Hingham, a suburb on Boston’s South Shore, who was frustrated with the look of his marble shower.

You can click on the before and after pictures to get a better resolution photo.

It was a beautifully installed stone shower, but he had noticed that some sort of green residue was showing on grout lines near the shower bench and onto the floor of the shower. It wasn’t mold, it wasn’t any form of cosmetic dye…at first we couldn’t figure out what it was at all.

Then the homeowner recalled that the original installers had run the copper shower pan liner up to and under the shower bench as a waterproofing measure. This is not the standard way to do it, but we have seen it done that way on occasion.

So over time the green copper ‘rust’ had leached through the grout lines and permeated the grout. Fortunately the marble itself wasn’t discolored. Technically, copper doesn’t ‘rust’, but it ages with a green color – think of the Statue of Liberty.

The marble didn’t need any diamond honing or polishing, so that was not part of the solution.

The plan of action was this:

1. Clean the marble shower surfaces with non acid, marble safe cleaning liquids
2. Regrout the walls of the shower with traditional non-sanded grout
3. Recaulk corners and edges
4. Regrout the sanded grout floor of the shower to remove the green discoloration
5. Apply clear penetrating sealer to protect the stone and grout

Regrouting shower walls is fairly standard work – we do it every week. But regrouting shower floors with sanded grout is not something that always needs to be done; the sanded grout is difficult to remove without using special grinding tools with diamond tipped blades. Still, we’ve done enough of them to know the process and it came out looking nifty and clean – no sign of green, just fresh new grout, clean marble and a ‘new’ look to a beautiful marble shower restored to its original appeal!

If you have a ‘marble mystery’, feel free to give us a call at 617-838-0795 or just fill out the form below with your contact information.

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Call Act One for free estimates – 617-838-0795

Or, if you’re more into zipcodes, 02138, 02139, 02140, 02141, 02142, 02141, 02141, 02140, 02140, 02163, 02108, 02109, 02110, 02111, 02113, 02114, 02115, 02116, 02118, 02119, 02120, 02121, 02122, 02124, 02125, 02127, 02128, 02133, 02163, 02199, 02203, 02210, 02215, 02222, 02283, 02284, 02126, 02129, 02130, 02131, 02132, 02134, 02135, 02136, 02128, 02127, 02215, 02128, 02127, 02420, 02421, 02458, 02459, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02459, 02460, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02459, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02466, 02467, 02468, 02459, 02459, 02465, 02478, 02446, 02445, 02447, 02143, 02144, 02145, 01801, 01890, 02155, 02155, 02155, 02148, 01803, 01730, 01731, 01821, 01862, 01862, 01862, 01810, 01845, 01845, 01742, 01742, 01742, 01741, 01720, 01718, 01719, 01720, 01720, 01776, 01776, 01776, 01864, 01867, 01701, 01702, 01701, 01701, 01752, 02184, 02184, 02184, 02184, 02184, 02169, 02170, 02171, 02171, 02171, 02171, 02169, 02169, 02169, 02186, 02186, 02067

Our contact information:
Act One,
15 Main Street #138
Watertown MA 02472
617-838-0795

Need Tile Repair in Eastern Massachusetts? Want Your Floor to Look This Good When it’s Done?

Recently a fairly famous local restaurant called us for a ‘semi-emergency’ tile repair and refinishing. They’re a local Boston legend in fine dining circles and were nearing the end of their renovation, which had to provide a true ‘first class’ experience.

But one of their dining rooms just wasn’t working out right. The floor was a magnificent old handmade Mexican Saltillo tile. And it had been worn down from foot traffic and needed refinishing. Plus, one tile had come loose and it was not going to be possible to find a suitable replacement – these tiles were somewhat unique in size and color.

Oh, and the job needed to be done by this weekend, as in, done and finished by Monday morning, along with a lot of other tile cleaning, tile repair and general cleaning to make the restaurant look good as soon as possible for an inspection.

If you give this job to someone who doesn’t know any better, he can actually ruin the floor. That’s because Saltillo is soft and can dissolve under heavy abrasion. Literally disintegrate!

So we used strong but safe cleaning liquids, minimal abrasion and commercial strength floor finish along with some hand scrubbing and TLC. Results? Monday morning the floor was ready to host a party and easily passed inspection.

If you have a Mexican handmade Saltillo tile floor or any tile you need repaired in the Boston/Cambridge/Eastern Massachusetts area, feel free to call us at 617-838-0795 or fill out the form below for a free price quote. We’ll take your work seriously!

Towns where Act One does marble polishing, granite polishing, diamond honing, marble honing, ceramic tile cleaning and grout line color sealing, regrouting, tile installation, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront,Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton,Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thomsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Peperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

Grout Repair: Regrouting Tile Makes Your Tile Look Like New!

 

Floor grout repair Hingham MA
Floor grout repair Hingham MA

Ugly Grout Ruining the Look of Your Tile?

Tried everything to clean it, but it still looks old and worn? Is it cracked, broken and missing in places? Are you thinking of tearing out the tile because it’s looks so bad? Is your shower leaking because of missing grout or caulking?

You don’t need new tile!! It’s the grout that’s ugly and stained! All you need is grout repair and restoration to make it look perfect again!

You can have:

  • Grout repaired
  • Tile showers deep cleaned and regrouted
  • Edges and corners caulked
  • Old, cracked dirty grout restored, cleaned and sealed like new
  • You can even change the color of your grout if you don’t like it.
  • Broken or cracked tiles replaced and repaired if needed
  • No slow jobs! In most cases it only takes one day to go from drab to stunning
  • Save money – restoration costs only a fraction of a new installation

Doesn’t matter if it’s a wall or a floor, marble or ceramic, shower or dry area – we have the right procedure for each type of tile. And if you need tile repair also, that’s no problem – we can do both at the same time. We cover all of Eastern Massachusetts from Boston to Route 495 – full list of towns is below.

So save your beautiful tile and get the look you want – all you do is call us at 617-838-0795 or just fill out the form below and we’ll get you an emailed quote right away so you can see all your options. We’re tile restoration fanatics and we won’t be satisfied until you are! You can see from the before and after photos on this page that it makes a dramatic difference (even if we are pretty bad with camera skills!)


 

Some recent job photos:

Before and after regrouting green tile tub Boston

 

Before and after re grout Winchester shower pink and black

Before and after re grout Winchester shower pink and black

Towns where Act One does ceramic tile regrouting, cleaning and grout line color sealing, re grouting showers, marble regrouting, and tile repair: Boston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Financial District, Waterfront, Brighton, Brookline, Milton, Wellesley, Newton, Weston, Wayland, Dover, Carlisle, Concord, Acton, Lincoln, Lexington, Bedford, Westford, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Brighton, Woburn, Waltham, Ashland, Framingham, Sherborn, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Walpole, Norwood, Westwood, Sharon, Stoneham, Foxborough, Foxboro, Canton, Stoughton, Needham, Ashland, Chestnut Hill, Waban, Newton Corner, West Newton, Thompsonville, Newton Centre, Newton Center, Natick, Sudbury, Maynard, Stow, Watertown, Dedham, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Randolph, Weymouth, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy, Rockland, Hanover, Hingham, Medway, Franklin, Medford, Malden, Everett, Revere, Bedford, Burlington, Reading, Lynnfield, Wilmington, Middleton, Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester, Topsfield, Boxford, Boxborough, Boxboro, Rowley, Georgetown, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Carlisle, Billerica, Ayer, Harvard, Lawrence, Methuen, Pepperrell, Westford, Salem, Beverly, Salisbury, Marblehead, Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Harvard, Lancaster, Bolton, Franklin, Mendon, Newtonville, Hopedale and Milford

 

Act One – 617-838-0795